How to Ship Motorcycles Overseas from California
As an owner of multiple motorcycles, a dealership or a manufacturer, you may be used to shipping out several motorcycles to a location at once. Nevertheless, shipping them overseas is a whole other story. When you go to ship vehicles of any kind overseas you must make sure that you are following the rules listed in that nation’s foreign import policy, yet complying with another country’s laws can get confusing and difficult. That’s why it is in your best interest to hire a reliable, experienced motorcycle shipping company with international transport services.
There are many wonderful motorcycle shipping companies throughout the state. To ship your motorcycles out of California safely and without concern, use the Internet to look up the highest rated and reviewed shipping companies in the area.
Find the ones that offer the services you seek and that carry all of the right qualifications. Then, call around and gather some quotes before deciding on which motorcycle transport company to hire. All transporters offer different services at different rates. Don’t get scared by a bid that is too high or too low, just check to see if the company is approved by the DOT or BBB.
Methods Used to Ship Motorcycles
- Enclosed Transport – This is the safest way to transport a motorcycle because it will be locked away from driving conditions and weather.
- Open Air Transport – Used by dealers, manufacturers and individuals. This is also the most common way to transport vehicles as well as the easiest way to ship multiple bikes at once.
- Crated – This form of shipping might require you to remove the handlebars and mirrors off of the bike. You will have to drain the fluids as well to ensure that no leaks occur during transport.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.